COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Unable to score on the final possession of the game, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen dropped a 51-50 loss Wednesday to the Red Ravens of Coffeyville Community College on the Jay Herkelman Court of the Nellis Gymnasium.
With the loss the young Golden Norsemen slip to 1-3 on the season while the Red Ravens are a perfect 4-0 on the season.
NEO returns to the road Friday and Saturday to participate in the Indian Hills Community College Classic at Ottumwa, Iowa.
The Golden Norse open the classic at 4:30 p.m. Friday against the junior varsity of William Woods University from Fulton, Missouri.
NEO concludes the two-day classic at 7 p.m. Saturday against the 3-0 Indian Hills Warriors.
Trailing by one point with 21 seconds left on the clock, the Golden Norsemen headed down court for what could have been the winning shot. While attempting to create an open look on offense, the Norsemen had the ball stolen by Red Raven guard Travis Washington to squelch NEO’s offensive threat.
NEO fouled at the other end with just 2 seconds showing on the clock, but Coffeyville failed to add to their point total.
The Golden Norsemen built a 30-24 lead through the first 20 minutes before the depth of the Red Ravens bench began producing. Coffeyville outscored NEO by a 16-8 margin by way of substitutions.
Dante Jefferson was the only Golden Norseman to score in double figures with 12 points while Pedro Lopes added nine, Gabriel Ferreira and Justin Ford each, Curhone Baldwin seven and Kingsley Sam six.
NEO connected on 15 of 45, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range, for 33 percent from the field and 19 of 25 for 76 percent from the free throw line.
Washington tallied 14 points to lead the Ravens while Patrick Wolfe came off the bench and added 10, Cedric Roland nine, Jordan Taylor six, Mike Cubbage and Greg Poleon four each, Trey Kalina 2 and Malik Keith and Brenton Jarrow one each.
While sinking 4 of 19 from 3-point range, the Red Ravens hit 20 of 54 total shots from the field for 37 percent. Coffeyville sank 7 of 10 for 70 percent at the free throw line.
Taylor and Poleon grabbed six rebounds each respectively as the Red Ravens held a 38-24 advantage on the boards.
Ferreria led NEO with seven total rebounds.